World Games - Disk Rerelease
Copyright/Publisher: Epyx, Programmed by: K-Byte; Matt Decker, Joe Simko, Chris
Doug Dragin, Bob Macdowell, Jay Braman, Jeff Webb, Brent Degraaf & Steve Mage,
Graphics by: Michael Kosaka, Jenny Martin, Suzie Greene, Courtney Granner,
Music by: Steve Mage, Genre: Multi Events, Release Year: 1986, Number Of Players: 1 to 8
As the name implies, World Games takes up to four players across the world to
participate in eight gruelling events.
After inputting their names and nationalities, the competitors are transported
firstly to Russia to do some strenuous weightlifting. There are two lift types,
'snatch' and 'clean and jerk'. It's then onto one of Germany's frozen lakes
to take part in the Barrel Jumping, but watch you don't break the ice.
If you are a budding Gref Louganis, the Cliff Diving in Mexico may be your cup
of tea - smashing into the rocks can give you a real headache! Or if you prefer
snow, the Slalom Skiing in France comes next, followed closely by Log Rolling in Canada.
We're into the final straight with the last few events, which are Bull Riding
in the good ol' US of A, telegraph pole... sorry, Caber Tossing in Scotland and
tea towel-wearing Sumo Wrestling in Japan. Of course the rewards for winning are as
many 'gongs' as you can varry and a place in the record books.
Way back in Issue 19, World Games received the highest ever mark ever awarded
in ZZAP!: an amazing 98%. In fact, the reviewers almost ran out of superlatives
describing it. Paul Sumner enthused, 'All the events have a real sporty feel to them
which makes them immediately addictive', while Gary Penn 'could go on for ages
describing the numerous humorous aspects of this game.'
Kixx are very late rereleasing the disk version - there can't be many people
who don't already own it by now. But if you are one of those unfortunate souls, buy
it immediately (if not sooner) because it really is one of the best sporting
sims around (despite its age).
The graphical detail is as near to faultless as you are likely to see and some
of the animated sequences really are hilariously funny. Phil loves it so much he
chose it as his game in this issue's inter-magazine challenge!